I agree with Julia Child when she said “You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces—just good food from fresh ingredients.” This charred broccoli with garlic is a perfect example of good food from fresh ingredients.
- Start with a delicious fat like bacon drippings. Heat your fat of choice in a skillet, preferably cast iron.
- Add the broccoli. Heads or florets will work; just be sure to slice any thick stems. Halved florets should be placed cut side down in the skillet.
- Cover the skillet and cook for a few minutes, depending on the size and thickness of your broccoli, until charred on one side.
- Add a bit of water, about 1/2 cup, and cover again. Cook until water has disappeared.
- In the meantime, slice your garlic. Clear a spot in the skillet to add the garlic so that it comes in contact with the cast iron. Add a bit more fat if necessary. Cook for a minute or two, uncovered.
- When the garlic is nicely browned, add a dash of crushed red pepper flakes. Depending on which fat you used, you may want to season with a bit of unrefined sea salt and freshly cracked pepper.
- This charred broccoli with garlic is delicious on its own, but we love to serve it with a dash of high quality balsamic vinegar.
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